A proposal for a solution to reduce stress and anxiety in the hospital setting by combining the problems of excess noise in a hospital setting with the efficacy of music therapy is supported through an analysis of research in the field of noise, hospital noise pollution, and music medicine. Included in this overview are articles describing the effects of noise on health, the problems of noise pollution in the health care setting, and the benefits of replacing noise with music to reduce heart rate, blood pressure, breathing rate, emotional anxiety, and pain. By combining these areas of research, the authors propose the establishment of a department assigned to (1) control the amount of noise in a hospital and (2) provide a center of music therapy for all individuals in the hospital setting, including in-patients, out-patients, doctors, and staff. Due to the large specificity of these areas, this unifying source, or “Department of Sound,” is suggested to aid in thoroughly addressing and combining these two concepts most effectively.
Journal: Preventative Medicine, Vol 30, Issue 4. April (200). pp. 339-345